Education is seeing an overhaul in New York, and while many are protesting the curriculum K-12, the State University of New York system is looking to expand its education beyond its campuses. Innae Park reports on the state of the University address.
NEW YORK STATE -- "There is simply nothing like SUNY anywhere else in the world," said Nancy Zimpher, SUNY Chancellor.
Leaders of the State University of New York are working to keep that true with a full agenda for 2014.
"Today we introduce Open SUNY," said Zimpher.
Open SUNY was first announced in Chancellor Nancy Zimpher's State of SUNY address last year.
Now the online platform is off and running, with eight "Open SUNY+" degrees from six different colleges. The reason for these degrees being called "Open SUNY+" is because they are supplemented with extra resources.
"We're working very closely with SUNY to step up supplementing to build on a 360 degree student support network, so they don't fall out," said Dr. Merodie Hancock, Empire State College President. "This'll help to make sure nobody falls through the cracks. We really need to stay accessible." Empire State College is offering two of the online degrees: BS in Business, Management and Economics: Human Resources, and BS in Science, Mathematics, and Technology: Information Systems.
In addition to the online initiative, there will be an expansion of the SUNY Works program, which aims to give students real life experience as part of their education.
The chancellor herself made a promise to create more internship and residency-type opportunities.
"I will personally engage the CEO of every Fortune 500 company in New York and other large employers with the goal of 100 percent participation in SUNY Works," said Zimpher.
All of these efforts are devoted to giving every SUNY student the chance to learn outside of the classroom.
There were many other plans and expansions of previous programs announced, including collaborations with the Governor's office. Governor Cuomo has pitched his Start Up NY program and incentives for teachers in STEM fields. In addition, he recently mentioned the creation of a SUNY College for Emergency Preparedness and Homeland Security. No details were released during the State of the University address besides that it was a part of the plans for 2014.